From Liam, regarding our final shows in Seattle

Dear friends,

I’m devastated to have to inform you, the wonderful people of Seattle, that with 5 days left until our big 31st show marker, we have been forced to cancel four of our final five shows.  During a performance at the Conor Byrne Pub on Sunday (show #23) I reached for a high note and was surprised when I was unable to pluck it from my register without cracking.  After the show my voice felt odd… like it had a veil over it, and my center of pitch seemed a bit off.  Still, I thought it was just a fluke and went to sleep early to prepare for Monday.  The next morning we made our way to do show #24, a spot on an amazing local TV program, Art Zone with Nancy Guppy.  To make a long story short, my voice again was not in the best form and felt strange.   I was extremely worried, as I appeared to be showing signs of vocal nodules; small bumps that form on vocal chords when they are overworked or misused.  If I had developed them, it would mean a 6-12 month break from singing and speaking, in addition to removal surgery.

On Wednesday morning, I headed into an ear, nose and throat specialist to get the problem checked out. Luckily after 45 minutes of in-throat camera work from an amazing doctor (and much silent debate on his part) he informed me that I did not have nodules.  I did, however, have extremely swollen vocal chords that if left untreated could easily begin to form nodules.  The doctor stated that if I wanted to make sure that I didn’t get them, I would need to take an immediate break from both singing and talking for at least a week to make sure that my voice could heal up.  After much discussion, he assured me that though risky, it would most likely be possible for me to at least play our final show in Seattle on the 31st at the Tractor Tavern. So yes, my new friends, we will be doing one last show here!  Also, this is my written IOU to the city and people of Seattle.  After SXSW we’re planning on coming back to up for another show, and we will repay the 4 shows we owe you during that time. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you and apology to the wonderful house show hosts who have taken our forced cancellations in stride. When we return to Seattle, we promise to make up the shows of yours that we missed. To everyone else, thank you so much for all of your love and support, and thank you for being so understanding during this time.

Be well, and see you all at the Tractor!


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